As an experienced custom home builder in Colorado, we know and respect the importance of transparency with all of our clients and partners. At Craftsman Homes & Interiors, we work closely with families to ensure they understand every step of the home building process and are comfortable throughout the home building journey. We want to share our expertise in this industry to not only build your dream home, but also help you learn and grow so that you can confidently care for your investment for many years to come.
Taking on the task of building a custom home may seem insurmountable, but for experts in the space, we know the process of building a home like the back of our hands. Here at Craftsman Homes & Interiors, we want you to be satisfied and comfortable with the process of building your custom home. In order to clarify the process, we have simplified the complicated process of building a new home into six cohesive stages that will ease your understanding of the custom home process.
Stage 1: Plotting Land & Designing Homes
Location, Location, Location. This common phrase exists for a reason, as it is the first step to decide when building a custom home. The design of the home very much depends on the lot it will be built upon. Whether you acquire acreage in Teller County or get a lot in a neighborhood, each piece of property is unique, and building a custom home adapts to that land. Once the land is secured, the custom home builder will need to file for all required permits to build on that site. Every state is different in regards to laws for permits so be sure to do your research and ask your builder questions in regards to the specific permits that will be required for your home. For example, in the State of Colorado, you are required to apply for a general building permit prior to any specific permits. Once the permits are in order and the land has been prepared for utilities like electricity, gas, sewage, and water, you can begin construction. Simultaneously, at this stage, you will work with an architect to design your home if you have not already selected a floor plan from your custom home builder.
Stage 2: Building your Home With The Three F’s
Following the completion of the custom house floor plan, your home will now take on The Three F’s: Footings, Foundation, and Framing.
Footings: Refers to the initial concrete pour that will support the foundation. These footers will support the foundation of the home as the earth settles over many years. An inspection will be required for the footings before moving forward.
Foundation: A concrete slab that sits on top of the footers.
Framing: After the footers and foundation are dry, the framers will construct the “skeleton” or “bones” of the house. This is the wood structure that will later be covered with drywall and paint. They will build the base floors, walls of the rooms, doorways/window holes, and the roof.
Stage 3: Interior Finishes
Once the house is framed, your construction team can begin adding the “guts” of the house which are the important features that you will use every day. The general contractors, electricians, and plumbers will install heating and cooling units, plumbing lines, HVAC systems, and electrical systems. All of these items will be routed through the walls. Once everything is in place, the construction team will add insulation. The builder will finish this stage by adding drywall, windows, and additional enclosures.
Now that the drywall has been installed, the home will start to take a more familiar shape. The team will texture and paint the newly applied drywall. On the exterior of the home, the custom home building team will focus on the appearance of your home by adding siding and paint to cover the raw materials and protect them from the elements. Once the paint is dry, the professionals will install flooring, which can include a variety of wood, tile, and carpet. In the bathrooms and kitchen, cabinets will be hung and secured. Lastly, trim and molding will be installed around the door frames and along the floors to add the perfect finishing touches to every room.
Stage 4: Installing Fixtures, Appliances & Smart Home Additions
After stage 3, the house will look nearly complete, ready for the small details and items that you will use every day. In this stage of the home building process, professionals will install faucets, countertops, light fixtures, plugs, light switches, and appliances. On the exterior, they will also install light fixtures and hang gutters. Lastly, this is a great time to have smart home technology or home security systems installed.
Stage 5: New Construction Final Inspection & Walk-Through
The final countdown is the most crucial aspect of the home building process. During this time, the finishing touches will be installed and the house will fulfill your dreams. It is important that you ask questions and voices your concerns before closing. Your builder will take you on your final walk-through where you will both develop a punch list: documentation of anything that needs to be fixed. After these items are addressed, an inspector will come to the home to inspect its quality and ensure that it is safe to inhabit. Only after a successful inspection will you be able to move on to the final stage.
Stage 6: Closing On Your New Home
Following a successful home inspection, you will close on the house. Typical closing on a new home build includes signing loan papers, settling closing costs, and providing the appropriate insurance policy.
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Craftsman Homes & Interiors has spent decades building quality homes for deserving families. Over the years, we have mastered all crafts that are required to build a home. When working with the Craftsman team, you can rest easy and spend your time focusing on your future, while we handle the details. We will work with you during every step of the process, so if you have any other questions regarding the stages of building a custom home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.